Sprint this morning announced that it is adding three more markets – Miami, Portland and Puerto Rico – to its list of 21 cities where it is currently offering EVDO Rev-A wireless broadband access.
EVDO Rev A has higher speeds – 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps of current EVDO networks) and average download speeds of 600 Kbps-1.4 Mbps (from 400-700 Kbps) – making it more suitable (not ideal) for today’s size-intensive digital life.
However, the big news for us MacBook Pro users is the availability of a Novatel EX720 express card, likely to go on sale in late February. An updated version of the Connection Manager would allow people to use the GPS chipset in the EX720 card, much like Sprint’s Novatel S720 and Novatel U720 EVDO cards.
The wide-area wireless broadband options are suddenly increasing for those who need access on the go. Cingular has been turning on its 3G-UMTS network and should cover the entire country by the end of 2007. They are currently offering 1.8 Mbps download service, but Cingular data cards are marked with 3.6 Mbps download speeds – which means you could maybe get 800 kbps. Verizon is also upgrading its EVDO service to higher speeds soon as well.
Let me ask you a question: what do you want in a 3G connection?